Aside from the black bamboo, this is the other funky bamboo pole species that will be here at the end of October: phyllostachys bambusoides f. Lacrima-deae.

This pole doesn’t seem to have a decent English name. “Spotted” bamboo seems to be common, and I’ve heard it translated as “Romance Tear Bamboo” although that doesn’t have anything to do wth the Chinese name (斑竹) or anything else.

Interestingly, while looking for information on this pole, I found out there’s such a thing as a whitespotted bambooshark, which does kind of look like the pole.

Sadly, “Whitespotted Bamboo Shark Pole” is too much of a mouthful. So it looks like this dalmation-like pole will be Spotted Bamboo after all.